Here's a look at big screen releases, home movie rentals and documentary and movies of interest - including 'The Curse of Llorona,' 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' and 'Country Music'

COURTESY: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER - 'A Tribute to Stanley Donen' at Whitsell Auditorium includes 'Funny Face' with Audrey Hepburn.Big screen

Last week, April 12

"Hellboy"; "Missing Link"; "After"

This week, April 19

"The Curse of Llorona" (WB/New Line), R, 93 minutes

About — Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm; Stars — Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez; Director — Michael Chaves

"Penguins" (Disneynature), G, 76 minutes

About — It's a documentary about Steve, an Adelie penguin on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends, but nothing comes easy in the Antarctic; Stars — Ed Helms; Director — Alastair Fothergill/Jeff Wilson

"Breakthrough" (20th Century Fox), PG, 116 minutes

About — When her 14-year-old son nearly drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed; Stars — Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz; Director — Roxann Dawson

Next week, April 26

"Avengers: End Game"; "The White Crow"

Note: Movie descriptions by IMDB,

Home rentals

The latest top 10 digital movie purchases/rentals based on transaction rate, by Comscore:

1. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

2. "Mary Poppins Returns"

3. "Bumblebee"

4. "The Mule"

5. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

6. "Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2"

7. "Bohemian Rhapsody"

8. "Aquaman"

9. "Instant Family"

10. "Creed II"

Other recent favorites: "A Star is Born" (2018); "Vice"

Doc spotlight

"Country Music"

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns plans to visit Portland in July to discuss his latest project, the eight-part, 16-hour series chronicling the history of country music. "Country Music" will feature rare footage and interviews with more than 80 country music artists.

Burns and co-producer Julie Dunfey will appear at an Oregon Public Broadcasting preview event at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., 7 p.m. July 23. For tickets, see

For more on "Country Music," see

Upcoming events

• "RiffTrax Live 2019" kicks off with the guy-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature "Octaman," which hits theaters 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Join the "RiffTrax" guys live as they risk life and limb to deliver the laughs from the clutches of Octaman. It'll screen at: Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave., Beaverton; Regal Bridgeport 18, 7329 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Tigard; and Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St. Other upcoming "RiffTrax" movies are "Star Raiders" (June 6, 11) and "Giant Spider Invasion" (Aug. 15, 20). For more:

• The Northwest Film Center presents "A Tribute to Stanley Donen (1924-2019)," April 19-21. The lineup at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.: "Singin' in the Rain," 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20; "Funny Face," 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20; "Charade," 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Tickets: $6-$10,

• Party band The B-52s will be in Portland to perform again at the Oregon Zoo, Aug. 6. They're celebrating their 40th year, and there's also a documentary and a book in the works, both due out in 2020. The high-profile documentary is produced by Fred Armisen and directed by Craig Johnson.

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